While it cannot go ahead in its traditional format, the Women’s Work 2021 programme has been announced with a switch to online only workshops, events and live streams.
It is a shame that we can’t physically be in the Oh Yeah Centre for the events this year but the spirit of the festival will be maintained due to the comprehensive and exciting line-up that has been announced. The Online Festival runs 17th – 20th June 2021.
One of the most exciting is the NI Electronic Workshop, delivered by Hannah Peel & Julie McLarnon at Analogue Catalogue Studios, which is an opportunity for aspiring and active electronic women artists and producers in NI. On completion the artists will have their music released on a debut NI Electronic Workshop compilation in association with Belfast-based experimental electronic label TONN Recordings run by Mary McIntyre. The release will be supported by a special launch event at Sound Of Belfast Festival 2021.
In terms of live streams, there will be an album launch for Dani Larkin’s debut release, Notes For A Maiden Warrior as well as an unmissable instalment of the Getting To Know series, featuring the runaway success story that is Pillow Queens.
If discussion panels are your thing, you’ll be able to attend; ‘I Am My Song’ hosted by Beyond Skin & Afghan National Institute of Music, Linda Coogan Byrne and Siobhan McAndrew discussing the ‘Why Not Her?’ campaign and Lynette Fay and Dr Úna Monaghan will discuss Sexism and BBW Live Sex In Irish Traditional Music.
Charlene Hegarty, Talent Development Manager at Oh Yeah and the festival’s coordinator said – “Women’s Work is a celebration of the multi-genre females at work, both on and off the stage, in Ireland. I am delighted it’s back for a 5th year and burning brighter than ever. The programme is just a snapshot and it brings me incredible joy to work in collaboration with these talented and creative women. I hope you enjoy what we have planned for you.”
The full programme of events and more information about the festival is available on the official Women’s Work website.